check (2013)

Inspired by experiments in abstract film-phonography, check explores the sonic potential of running sequences of patterns through a 16mm film projector. Collages composed of three different patterns and solid areas of black and white were composed and photocopied onto strips of clear film leader. The sequences provide not only the images that are projected onto the screen, but also the soundtrack to the film.



Max Hammer, animation
Carlos Dominguez, music/sound

Synopsis: Secrets of life explained through the persistance of vision.

Drawing inspiration from insect swarms and fog, the music for Understory swells in and out of tonalities and microrhythms that accent the world around the animation's protagonist. Multiple delay lines create these clouds of sound using only two samples - a low E on an electric guitar and a Bb on a Cherokee flute - transposed and polyphonically layered.